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Religious Reflections

A challenge to you

Steven Wallace

The Bible is full of challenges. Goliath stood before the armies of Israel and challenged them to give him a man to fight (1 Samuel 17:8-9). David answered his challenge and won. On the other hand, the great prophet Elijah challenged the people of Israel to reach a decision, crying out:

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21)

In that spirit we humbly submit this challenge to you in the hopes that you will answer.

A challenge to investigate God. Please do not misunderstand, this is not a challenge to investigate what men, churches or what some religious leader may say about God. Rather, we challenge you to investigate the God of the Bible with your own eyes. Only here the original picture of God remains without human distortions. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God. (Romans 11:22).

Are you young? Realize there is no better time to investigate God than now. Before you begin to make decisions that will affect your life, first learn Christ who owns and gives you life in which to make decisions! Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

A challenge to investigate the one faith of the New Testament. Do not accept the various world religions of Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism, as being of God. Neither consent to the divided and contradictory religious world of so-called Christendom as being "of God." Such didn't exist in the time of Christ. Approximately 2,000 years ago a man named Jesus of Nazareth was unjustly put to death as a criminal. It was predetermined by God that he should die and be resurrected (Acts 2:23, 24). If Jesus did in fact resurrect from the dead, then all his claims are true - he is divine.

One correctly observed then, for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him (John 3:2). His resurrected person was seen by many witnesses, even by 500 people at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6). Followers of Christ at this time were only called Christians. One name, one faith! They were not "hyphenated Christians" as so many suggest they are today. Will you investigate the "one faith" of first-century Christians (Ephesians 4:5)?

A challenge to investigate the church of Christ. Just as sure as Jesus resurrected from the dead, he established his one true church, ...I will build My church. (Matthew 16:18). It was built by Christ's blood and began in Jerusalem (Acts 20:28; 2:1ff). Its law came from Jerusalem at this time, not New York, Switzerland, or even Mt. Sinai as some suggest (Isaiah 2:3; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 2).

We challenge you to find where Christ's bride wears a name that gives honor to a method, an eldership, a day or any other concept, doctrine or person. We challenge you to be content with those designations found only in the Bible: "church of the Firstborn" (1 Corinthians 1:2); the church of Christ (Romans 16:16).

Will you investigate the church of Christ?

- Steven J. Wallace, evangelist for the Church of Christ, Sunnyside.

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